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Metaphysical Aromatherapy

PlanetLightworker January 2006

Metaphysical Aromatherapy

Kylie Thompson

There’s more to aromatherapy than meets the eye, or nose. In this article we explore the metaphysical aspects of aromatherapy that can be simply applied in our everyday lives.


Aromatherapy is now a well known Wholistic therapy that many people turn to to assist with their physical and emotional health and wellbeing. But there is another, little known side to aromatherapy-the spiritual, magickal and mystical side. Our ancestors were well aware of these aspects, and many religions and cultures were shaped by the early knowledge the ancients had in regards to aromatic and medicinal plants. Now we all have the freedom to re-access this once forbidden information and apply it in our lives without fear of being burned at the stake as a witch! Here is a selection of some well known essential oils and a whole new way to using them.



Basil is a symbol of fertility and in Italy, basil is known as the symbol for love because the leaves resemble hearts.  The Basil deva (plant spirit) is a protector of family, and burning basil oil will help to exorcise negativity from the home and bring good luck and happiness to a new home. Basil creates a sympathetic vibration and is often worn to assist in clashes with other people. Wear basil oil to protect you in crowds. The scent of basil causes sympathy between two people and is used to mend lovers' quarrels. Basil is used also to ensure fidelity between lovers. Basil stimulates the conscious mind to invoke happiness. Use it in a ritual bath to bring new love in, or to free yourself of an old love. Opens the heart meridian-clears energy movement between the heart and the hands.

Used in spells for; money, love attraction, banishing, exorcising and for protection.

Basil oil is also associated with clairvoyance, commanding, divination, honesty and psychic development.


Black Pepper

Black Pepper engenders courage and provides positive anger for change.  Banishes malevolence, protects against the evil eye and dispels evil, black pepper is an oil of exorcism and protection. Black pepper is especially helpful in confronting fears, as black pepper provides strength, protection and stamina. Use black pepper to add spice to a relationship that has grown stale. Black Pepper is a catalyzer, enhancing the synergy of blends and increasing the potency of other oils. It is also of assistance in opening the electrical energy flow throughout whole body. Black Pepper is an oil that stimulates the conscious thought processes.



Cypress is commonly used for blessing, consecration and protection. Cypress stimulates healing, and helps to ease the pain of losses of all kinds by providing comfort and solace. Cypress engenders inner strength and quietude, and is useful in times of transition. The cypress tree represents the sacred flame of life, the unchangeable, eternal essence. Cypress symbolises long life, and the immortality of the soul, and cypress is a sign of incorruptibility and purity of the soul. Cypress assists in the sublimation of the sex force; assisting those seeking to transmute the instinctual sex energy into a spiritual energy to experience eternal life. Cypress purifies the energy field, raises energy levels and creates feelings of security by grounding. Cypress acts as a tonic to the spirit, and removes mental and psychic blocks. Cypress is also associated with; Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Inspiration; Binding; Wisdom; Releasing; Defense and Longevity.




Cedarwood is a purifier, and is beneficial for healing on both the physical and spiritual levels. Cedarwood assists in the elimination of blockages and toxins, whether they stem in the physical, mental or the emotional. Cedarwood cleanses and purifies the body, skin and the environment from all negativity and stagnation and is a useful oil for overcoming bad habits. Cedarwood enhances clarity of mind and enhances spirituality by assisting one to reconnect to their spiritual awareness-the scent is said to enhance psychic powers. Cedarwood harmonizes and stabilises unbalanced energies and encourages energy flow.  Use cedarwood to draw Earth energy and for grounding. Cedarwood symbolises and encourages power, strength and fortitude. Cedarwood is also associated with; Attracting Prosperity, Purification; Health and Healing; Luck; Good Fortune; Happiness; Banishing; Releasing; Exorcism; Money and Riches; Justice; Protection; Harmony; Peace; hex-breaking cures and nightmares.



Fennel has long been associated with longevity, courage and strength. Fennel wards off negative energies by its purifying properties. Fennel provides protection to the human energy field and fortifies healthy boundaries. For these reasons, fennel is thought to calm fits induced from black magick cast against you and to prevent curses, negativity and possession. Fennel is also thought to be of assistance in influencing others to trust your words. Fennel symbolizes; victory, heroism, flattery, strength, praiseworthiness, fierceness in battle and success. Fennel is also associated with; Healing, vitality and virility. Use fennel oil for protection spells of all kinds and for purification.




Frankincense releases powerful vibrations for protection, purification and exorcism. Frankincense increases the potency of other oils and is an oil related to sun energy.  Frankincense used in magick is said to predispose the body and mind to sexual ecstasy. Frankincense elevates personal and spiritual love and heightens awareness on all levels by inspiring and awakening the spiritual senses. Frankincense is an oil of transformation that expands consciousness; it is said frankincense accelerates spiritual growth as it promotes the meditative state and opens the crown chakra, causing the energy bodies to drop into alignment and anchor in the physical. A cleanser of the body, aura, psychic planes and environment, frankincense removes all negative influences. Frankincense enhances divine connection and brings inner peace.Burn frankincense oil for; protection, exorcism, spirituality, love, consecration, blessing, energy, strength, visions, healing, meditation, purification, luck, protection rites, power and courage.




Geranium is a powerful protectant that keeps negative energies away, and provides a balancing, uplifting vibration. Geranium has the closest yin/yang balance of all the essential oils and can be used to integrate the differences of male and female energies. Geranium is said to be ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, and so geranium is associated with fertility, health and love. Geranium encourages communication and strengthens the connections to others through the psychic grid. Geranium is also thought to strengthen the etheric body. Use geranium oil in rituals invoking love and happiness and to keep away evil spirits



Jasmine is the sacred flower of the Hindu god of love-Kama, and has been used throughout history as a ingredient for love potions or spells to capture, sustain or rekindle the affection of a loved one. Jasmine is the symbolic bond of love and passion that is used to unite a bridal couple for eternity. Symbolic of the moon and of the mysteries of the night, Jasmine is said to induce prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom.  Jasmine is also associated with; Good luck in love and wealth, Anointing; Balance; Luck; Fortune; Justice; Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Meditation; Money; Riches; Astral Projection, Sleep, Healing and Health.




Juniper banishes negativity and protects against accidents and purifies negative energy from the environment and other people. Juniper cleanses away the negative feelings of the past and banishes energies injurious to good health. Juniper has the ability to transform negative emotions into positive emotions. Juniper is both a spiritual and bodily protector and is useful for protection magick of all kinds. Purifies the aura and the subtle body, increases psychic powers and visions and strengthens the energy field. Juniper increases sexual potency-especially in men.  Used in spellwork for strength and justice, positive energy, for anti-theft spells and spells to reawaken love and sexuality. Also associated with; exorcism, love and health, attracting money, protection from enemies, guarding against black magick, protection against accidents and guarding against disease. Use juniper oil to stop gossip and slander.




Lavender promotes happiness and harmony in the home by invoking good health, providing tranquillity, ensuring fidelity and devotion in marriage and offering psychic protection. Lavender is a protector of children against the evil eye.  Lavender is said to stimulate the conscious mind and stabilise both the emotional and etheric planes. Lavender clears the environmental energies and neutralizes disharmonic frequencies and is often used for these reasons in purification and space clearing rituals.  Lavender is also associated with; Love; Health, Peace, Long life; Happiness, Chastity, Clairvoyance, Longevity, Sleep, Healing and Balancing.




Myrrh enhances and strengthens spirituality, visualisation and meditation practise. Myrrh lifts vibrations and increases the potency of other oils. Myrrh has the ability to bring up deep, hidden, or unconscious feelings. Myrrh is purifying to the energetic environment and the human energy field and increases meridian flow. Burn myrrh to; purify an area, to restrain evil influences and to break hexes. Myrrh is an ingredient in healing mixtures and is also used to consecrate, purify and bless objects. Myrrh is also associated with; Protection, Exorcism, Transformation, The Sacred; Cleansing, and Creating Peace.



Orange is a solar oil that dispels depression, engenders happiness and inspires frivolity. The orange is a symbol of innocence and fertility and is also a symbol of seduction. Orange is thought to attract abundance and happiness through love and marriage. Calming to angry and irritable children, which is magick in itself. Orange harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. Orange is also associated with; love, good fortune, divination, balance, healing, harmony, peace, money and riches, Psychic awareness, Luck, harmony, joy and warmth.




Patchouli is a reputed aphrodisiac of magickal powers, and has been an ingredient in love potions and magick charms throughout the ages to attract people and to promote lust, sex and love. Patchouli stimulates and balances the yin or feminine aspects and awakens fertility. Patchouli promotes physical stamina and increases physical energy and sexual potency. Patchouli is said to attract prosperity, so sprinkle some patchouli oil around green candles in money rituals. Dispels negativity and promotes good dreams. Energetically patchouli increases energy/attention in the sensory levels and the outer fields, causing the spiritual self to drop into the physical body. Patchouli also slows down the sense of time perception. Patchouli is also associated with; Drawing Money; Protection; Defense, Banishing; Releasing; Earth, Grounding and the Underworld.




Peppermint oil can be vaporised to clear and purify the atmosphere in buildings as its presence raises the vibrations of an area.  Burn peppermint oil in a new home to clear out any negative sickness energies. Peppermint prevents a downward spiral in consciousness, so it is especially useful following a trauma or when dark emotions set in. Use peppermint oil for healing, in a healing ritual place the oil on the person or their picture to help hasten the healing process. Add to psychic blends to enhance psychic awareness.  Use peppermint with other oils suitable for love or prosperity to boost love and abundance. Peppermint oil promotes sleep and visionary dreams which sometimes offer one glimpses of the future. Use in healing and purification baths. Peppermint is also associated with; Love, psychic awareness, lust, mental stimulant, energy; increasing psychic powers, Purification and self purification rituals.



Rose is the queen of essential oils and is also known as the flower of seduction.  It is a healing and balancing oil with a natural affinity with the heart. Rose has the highest frequency of any oil, and raises the frequency of cells bringing harmony and enhanced well-being to the body and balancing personal will. Rose offers psychic protection by raising the energy field frequency. Rose symbolizes divine or mystical love and attracts love, promotes confidence and is healing to the heart. Use rose oil in love spells of all kinds. Rose activates yin or feminine energies and awakens sensuality. Rose is also associated with; Protection of secrets; repulsion of evil, beauty, psychic powers, divination through dreams, healing, luck, protection, domestic peace and happiness.



Rosemary oil, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and is used to rid a place of negativity and for protection against evil spirits, especially prior to performing magic. Rosemary also purifies the human energy fields. Rosemary is an emblem of fidelity for lovers, and can be added to love and lust potions. Rosemary is most commonly known as a symbol of remembrance and is an aid to strengthen and fortify the memory. Use rosemary for healing rituals. Rosemary is also associated with; friendship, passion; increasing mental powers; preventing nightmares, exorcism, sleep, attracting fairy-folk, Strega magick and youth.



Sage’s transformative properties work upon negative energies that are somehow clouding the aura, changing these negative influences to enable them to act for the benefit of the person, place or object whose aura is being cleansed. Sage’s scent permeates the environment and creates a barrier of protection-a psychic shield, while neutralizing the existing negativity or misfortune. Sage drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane. Sage enhances the connection to higher self, spirit world, other dimensions and can be used to assist with contacting one’s own spiritual guides or animal guides. Sage is considered the herb of immortality and longevity and can be used to ensure a long life.

Use sage for love, luck, healing, wish magick, money spells and during sacred rituals. Sage is also associated with; wisdom, prosperity promoting wisdom, and enhancing dreams




Sandalwood encompasses and enhances both the spiritual and physical well-being of men and women. It is thought that sandalwood guides away the distractions of the mind back to the sensual joy of the body-the oil is said to predispose the body and mind to sexual ecstasy. Sandalwood has one of the highest vibrations of any oil that resonates with aspects of ourselves, attracting the highest spiritual vibrations, opening the highest spiritual centres and aligning the chakras to enhance spiritual awareness and allowing healing energies to flow. Sandalwood enhances receptivity and assists in contact with guardian angels, Devic beings and the higher self. Sandalwood oil placed on the forehead aids in focusing the mind and helps the dream state and promotes visions.

Sandalwood is also associated with; protection; healing, banishing negativity, spirituality; meditation, sex healing formulas, exorcism, wishes; Full Moon Esbats; warding negativity; astral projection; reincarnation, altered states of consciousness and Spirit Offerings.




Vetiver cleanses and purifies the human energy field, strengthening the energetic boundary offering protection against all negativity, increases vital energy flow and grounds both the mental and emotional bodies. Vetiver is a useful oil for releasing fears, for getting what you want in life or for breaking a run of bad luck. Vetiver is used in money spells and can be placed in the cash register to increase business, carried to attract luck or burned in anti-theft blends. Used in love spells, it is thought that vetiver added to the bathwater can make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

Vetiver is also associated with; tranquillity, psychic protection, wisdom; centring; intuition, overcoming evil spells, hex breaking, peace, luck and exorcism.



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2005, Kylie Thompson


First published in "" (New Earth Publications) January 2006

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